Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wheel of Fortune

This is the name I have given to this quilt which I finished just prior to Christmas for my eldest son. 

I found a pattern in a 2009 "Beautiful Country Crafts" that was for English paper piecing using assorted charm squares...because I am always time poor for anything for myself (as my wife constantly reminds me with the unfinished paintwork, dripping taps, odd jobs etc - love her dearly xx) I adapted the pattern to machine piecing and rather than charm squares worked with fat quarters from my stash.  I actually started with just creams and pale greens, but when I started to look for the final fabrics to 'pad' the quilt out, found these amazing new prints by Jane Sassaman called 'Sunshine and Shadow' from my local patchwork shop (Patchwork Dreaming). 

I could not be happier with the end result...the colours are breathtakingly bold and it seems so far from the original scrappy quilt that actually inspired the whole journey.

Some of my fabrics had gold metallic print on them so I used this theme by stiching the whole centre triangle panel with a gold metallic thread...the outer corners and borders were done with a variegated green thread.

One son down...two to go!!

Until next time...Happy Quilting
Stephen xx

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A Brand New Year

New resolutions...welcome to the Year of the Rabbit !!
Firstly...I apologise for my very poor attempt at blogging in 2010.  It was an amazing year for me at work...I actually held 4 different positions over the year which had me learning many new skills and procedures (all still within the fashion industry, but differing aspects of the company).

My new roles meant I spent a lot of time travelling overseas...this tends to take me "off the beaten track" as my time is mostly spent in factories and industrial cities, but nevertheless it is very exciting to visit new places, meet people and be part of other cultures.

Most of my time was spent in China but I did have 2 short trips to was all an amazing experience...I have attached some photos of some of the sights I have seen...I am very keen on architecture, culture and history all of which is in abundance in both countries.  I have also met some lovely people who have become dear friends when I am visiting and make my work trips relaxed and enjoyable.

Lotus Temple...New Delhi

Older than the Taj Mahal!  Built by a queen for her dead husband...exquisite

Not hard to see where some of our quilt block inspirations come from...wall detail New Delhi

Ferry to Gulan Island from Xiamen (China)
Me on Gulan Island

During all this I filled in what spare time I had finishing quilt tops for customers.  What a great year!!  I have received so many beautiful quilts to work on...I just wish I had photographed some of them to show you.  This year will be different...I will be keeping on top of my blog...promise!

Happy quilting all my friends
Stephen x